What Your Contingency Fee Buys You

Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. You’ve probably heard slogans like “no fee if no recovery,” or “we don’t get paid unless you get paid,” before. But what you may not know is everything that we do for our clients in order to earn that fee. Here’s a short list:

  • Educate and teach clients about personal injury claims.
  • Gather all written records and documents that support our client’s claim: including medical records, police reports and employment records.
  • Investigate the client’s claim by gathering witness statements, photos, diagrams and physical evidence.
  • Read and analyze our client’s auto policy to determine what kind of coverage is available to pay for hospital bills or provide for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
  • Educate clients on how to improve their own auto policy’s coverage.
  • Meet with client’s doctors in order to fully understand client’s condition.
  • Obtain reports from experts that support the client’s claim.
  • Analyze all legal issues that might affect the case – like contributory negligence or assumption of the risk
  • Analyze cilent’s health insurance policy or government benefits to determine whether any money will be owed back to either entity at the end fo the case.
  • Negotiate any health insurance or government liens to maximize client recovery.
  • Conduct negotiates with the defense insurance company in an effort to settle the claim without the necessity of litigation or trial.
  • Prepare and file a Complaint if we are unable to settle the case.
  • Locate the Defendant so that service can be made upon him.
  • Prepare written Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents to be served on the Defendant (so that we can find out what his version of events is).
  • Answer the Interrogatories and Requests for Documents that the Defense sends us.
  • Prepare client for her deposition.
  • Conduct the depostion of the Defendant.
  • Prepare and take the deposition of any Defense doctors.
  • Review our own expert’s reports and meet with the expert to prepare his testimony for trial.
  • Interview any witnesses that we will call at trial.
  • File all necessary legal documents – including witness lists, jury instructions, and motions.
  • Try the case.
  • Analyze the verdict and research any issues that occured at trial for potential appeals.


We only take on cases we believe in and think we can win. Let us win for you.

No matter what you are going through, we are here to help. Timing is critical, so contact us as soon as possible to tell us what happened.


Law Offices of David L. Marks
10513 Judicial Drive, Suite 204
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-385-1983 fax

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